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University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10 from78 Votes

The University Hospital Muenster is one of the most respected multi-field medical centers in Germany. It consists of more than 30 departments and numerous research institutes and centers. Every year over 58,000 inpatients are treated here and nearly 475,000 patients receive medical care on the outpatient basis.

Cranioplasty using autotransplants in patients with posttraumatic cranial bone defects
18145
Cranioplasty using individual implants made of biocomposite materials
26396
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Muenster
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Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10 from95 Votes

Being the medical school for both Humboldt University and Free University of Berlin and having a long experience, the Charite Hospital has gained wide recognition. It is regarded as one of the most research-intensive medical facilities in Germany and the largest university medical center in Europe.

Cranioplasty using autotransplants in patients with posttraumatic cranial bone defects
28166
Cranioplasty using individual implants made of biocomposite materials
41046
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin
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University Hospital Rechts der Isar of the Munich Technical University

10/10 from70 Votes

The Rechts der Isar Hospital is the University Hospital of the Technical University of Munich. There is intensive cooperation between the research facilities of the TU and the hospital in numbers of areas.

Cranioplasty using autotransplants in patients with posttraumatic cranial bone defects
18211
Cranioplasty using individual implants made of biocomposite materials
27522
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU)

9.2/10 from40 Votes

The Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich is a center of high-end medicine, medical innovation and medical and technical progress, which enables an individual and safe patient care.

Cranioplasty using autotransplants in patients with posttraumatic cranial bone defects
19766
Cranioplasty using individual implants made of biocomposite materials
30939
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10 from97 Votes

The University Hospital Frankfurt is part of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. The hospital was founded in 1914 and today it is a famous German medical institution with rich traditions. The hospital treats about 49,000 inpatients and 220,000 outpatients every year.

Cranioplasty using autotransplants in patients with posttraumatic cranial bone defects
17651
Cranioplasty using individual implants made of biocomposite materials
27711
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main
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Sana Hospital Duisburg

9.8/10 from5 Votes

The Sana Hospital Duisburg is a maximum care medical center with 678 beds and 17 specialized departments. With the very latest innovations and high quality patient care, the clinic works for the benefit of a person and their health. The hospital ranks among the leading clinics in the region.

Cranioplasty using autotransplants in patients with posttraumatic cranial bone defects
17873
Cranioplasty using individual implants made of biocomposite materials
27663
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Duisburg
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HELIOS Clinic Krefeld

9.7/10 from38 Votes

Founded in 2014, the HELIOS Clinic Krefeld is one of the most modern medical facilities in Germany today. A team of highly qualified specialists, innovative medical equipment and comfortable accommodation conditions – the clinic has everything to make the treatment run smoothly and efficiently.

Cranioplasty using autotransplants in patients with posttraumatic cranial bone defects
17017
Cranioplasty using individual implants made of biocomposite materials
25013
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Krefeld

Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen-Ruettenscheid

7.4/10 from42 Votes

With 900 beds and approximately 2,050 employees in two branches, the Alfried Krupp Hospital is one of the larger hospital institutions in Essen.

Cranioplasty using autotransplants in patients with posttraumatic cranial bone defects
18048
Cranioplasty using individual implants made of biocomposite materials
26404
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Essen
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Academic Hospital Schwabing Munich

8.5/10 from7 Votes

The Schwabing Clinic is a modern medical facility with a high level of service. The clinic has high-tech modern equipment, making it one of the best hospitals not only in Germany but also in Europe. There are comfortable single and double rooms with shower and toilet, TV, telephone and radio.

Cranioplasty using autotransplants in patients with posttraumatic cranial bone defects
16733
Cranioplasty using individual implants made of biocomposite materials
25019
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

9.9/10 from23 Votes

The Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) is the second largest and one of the most advanced healthcare and research institutions in Israel. Founded in 1961, it still enjoys popularity among the local population and draws thousands of international patients.

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location_onCountry: Israel
location_searchingCity: Tel Aviv

University Hospital Cologne

9.8/10 from82 Votes

The University Hospital Cologne is included in the Focus magazine rating of top German hospitals 2017 and offers patients first-class medical care meeting the latest medical advancements.

Cranioplasty using autotransplants in patients with posttraumatic cranial bone defects
15570
Cranioplasty using individual implants made of biocomposite materials
23209
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Cologne
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Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa

9.8/10 from23 Votes

Rambam Health Care Campus is the largest and the most advanced hospital in Northern Israel. Founded in 1938, the medical center has a long history and a rich experience in providing comprehensive medical services in all medical specialties.

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location_onCountry: Israel
location_searchingCity: Haifa

University Hospital for Neurosurgery Salzburg

9.6/10 from39 Votes

University Clinic of Neurology specializes in the surgical treatment of acute and chronic diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system, its blood supply, and nerve sheaths, as well as in preoperative and postoperative care for patients.

Cranioplasty using autotransplants in patients with posttraumatic cranial bone defects
32321
Cranioplasty using individual implants made of biocomposite materials
33857
location_onCountry: Austria
location_searchingCity: Salzburg

University Hospital Tuebingen

9.2/10 from55 Votes

The University Hospital Tubingen - abbreviation UHT - is a modern center of high-quality university medicine, research and teaching. As a clinic of maximum care, UHT is also known far beyond the region. For the city and the district of Tubingen the University Hospital Tubingen functions as a district hospital.

Cranioplasty using autotransplants in patients with posttraumatic cranial bone defects
18205
Cranioplasty using individual implants made of biocomposite materials
26343
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Tuebingen
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Academic Hospital Bogenhausen Munich

9.2/10 from43 Votes

With more than 36,000 patients annually and 1,000 beds, the Academic Hospital Bogenhausen is one of the largest clinics in Munich.

Cranioplasty using autotransplants in patients with posttraumatic cranial bone defects
18135
Cranioplasty using individual implants made of biocomposite materials
26417
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Clinic de Genolier Genolier

9.2/10 from18 Votes

Swiss clinics are known for providing the medical care of "golden" European standard. Moreover, healthcare in Switzerland can be combined with the relaxation.  .

Cranioplasty using autotransplants in patients with posttraumatic cranial bone defects
32675
Cranioplasty using individual implants made of biocomposite materials
33584
location_onCountry: Switzerland
location_searchingCity: Genolier

About the disease

A cranial bone defect is an abnormality that develops in the skull. There are six major cranial bones in the skull: frontal, ethmoid, parietal, sphenoid, temporal and occipital. These bones can develop defects, which can be either congenital or acquired.

Congenital cranial bone defects can develop due to problems during pregnancy or while giving birth. If a pregnant woman suffers a physical trauma or leads an unhealthy lifestyle during pregnancy, it can affect the development of the fetus’ cranial bones. If the cranial bone defects are minor, the development of the child may continue as normal and the defects may only be visible with imaging tests. If the cranial bone defects are more serious, the abnormality may visibly alter the shape of the skull. The head may look disproportionately large or small, or be an unusual shape. Moreover, a cranial bone defect may also affect the brain, causing problems in mental development and the patient’s overall health. If a cranial bone defect compresses the brain after the birth, it can be a medical emergency which requires immediate medical attention, as there is a risk of internal bleeding.

In some cases, cranial bone defects are acquired as a consequence of traumas or accidents involving a blunt or penetrating instrument. With head traumas, there is a risk of internal bleeding and concussion, even if the injured person appears fine at the time of the accident. People who have suffered a head injury should be taken immediately to the hospital emergency department for a check-up to make sure that the brain structure is intact and functioning normally.

Symptoms

  • Visible disproportion of cranial bones
  • Problems with mental development
  • Poor concentration and motor skills
  • Poor or no hair growth on the area of the head where the defect is
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

Diagnosis

  • During a general examination, the doctor will examine the patient’s skull to check that it is a normal size and shape.
  • The doctor may ask the patient several questions, to check their long-term and short-term memory as well as their attention span.
  • A neurologist may use special devices to check the responses from nerve endings.
  • Imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT scan, are very useful in examining the cranial bones and determining whether their structure has changed or if there are any signs of concussion or internal bleeding.
  • Blood tests can also detect signs of inflammation.

Treatment

  • Cranioplasty with autografts is a procedure that uses special grafts to correct the cranial bone defect and improve the appearance of the skull. This is an important procedure in protecting the brain from damage that the cranial bone defect would have caused if left untreated.
  • Cranioplasty with application of individual implants is a complex surgery that improves the appearance of the skull using special biocomposite materials, which make the changes safer and more effective.



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